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leftover bark-any use other than orchids?


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Erika11-Jun-06 10:42 PM EST 5a   
marric13-Jun-06 08:17 AM EST   
Erika13-Jun-06 06:53 PM EST 5a   
28-Jan-10 03:24 PM EST   
Ciaran19-Feb-10 02:43 PM EST 9   


Subject: leftover bark-any use other than orchids?
From: Erika
Zone: 5a
Date: 11-Jun-06 10:42 PM EST

i'm pretty new at gardening and have recently found that i kill orchids. all my other plants are fine, but now i hve this leftover bark and also some peat moss. are there any other (easier to grow) plants i can use these for? i also have leftover orchid feed. if these can't be used for other plants, is there anyone here who lives in the des moines area who wants them? (i don't have the money to send them anywhere, and it would probably cost less for someone far away to just buy them considering what it costs to ship things)


Subject: RE: leftover bark-any use other than orchids?
From: marric
Zone:
Date: 13-Jun-06 08:17 AM EST

I can only offer suggestions. If you plant up containers outside, why not spread the bark on top of the soil? Water first and then use the bark as a mulch. As for the fertilizer, I would try it on any tropical, clivia, etc., but other than that I haven't any suggestions. M


Subject: RE: leftover bark-any use other than orchids?
From: Erika
Zone: 5a
Date: 13-Jun-06 06:53 PM EST

do mandevillas count as tropical? the orchid feed has a fairly low middle number, and i've read that it's best to use one with a higher middle number for mand.


Subject: RE: leftover bark-any use other than orchids?
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Date: 28-Jan-10 03:24 PM EST

Wet peat moss and mix with any potting soil or dirt. It improves the soil tilth. Orchid fertilizer is high in the middle # phosphorous this promotes blooming. I know orchids can be tough, but so beautiful


Subject: RE: leftover bark-any use other than orchids?
From: Ciaran (ciaran.debuitlear@gmail.com)
Zone: 9
Date: 19-Feb-10 02:43 PM EST

I use bark as a mulch around ferns and japanese maples. A coupls of inches keeps the weeds right down and eventually helps the soil condition!


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